2016 Hyundai Elantra SR Turbo Review

December 19, 2016

Hyundai has had commendable achievements in its years of existing in Australia. The car maker is the only mainstream competitor in the local market to focus on improving and localising the quality and handling of its models. The Korean company pays close attention to the positive feedback received from those changes. Hyundai Australia has added a new model to its SR line – the Elantra SR Turbo. The model is known for its handling dynamics, and many more, so read on.

Hyundai Elantra SR Turbo

Design

The SR Turbo is a four-door sedan vehicle that tops the Australian Elantra line-up. It differs from the Elite and Active when it comes to exterior features, thanks to its new bumpers on the front and rear, as well as the front array and side skirts. The HID bi-xenon lights have been added, too, while the LED daytime lamps are now on top of the air intakes somewhere on the lower half of the front bar. The built-in boot lid spoiler is a carry-over feature from the regular Elantra, while the 17-inch twin spoke alloy wheels and the twin-outlet exhaust system are unique to this model.

Features and Pricing

This Elantra model kicks off at $28,990 for the six-speed manual version. Its dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox-equipped construction is priced at $32,190, excluding on-road costs. This model comes standard with a dark instrument cluster design, automatic wipers and lights, a powered driver’s seat (heated for comfort), LED taillights, push-button start, keyless entry with alarm, seven-inch multimedia touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, and a sunroof. The metallic paint will cost you $495 while availing a set of 18-inch Pirelli rims will come as an option.

Value

The SR Turbo is basically the sedan version of the brand’s i30. This model has more interior room and wheelbase, as well as a boot lid. The leg- and headroom for the front seaters are comfortable and adequate, while the pedals are well-positioned. The tall bin between the front seats come standard, too. You will also find two cupholders, and 12v and USB charging points to that area.

The bottle holders have been integrated into all four doors. The rear portion of its interior may not be able to accommodate tall occupants, but there is an adequate amount of knee and toe space. The rear door is easily accessible, as well, and the two ISOFIX child seat mounts are installed on the fold rear seats. In addition, the boot features 458 litres in volume.

The cargo net and rear seat back flipper switches are on the floor. This model has heavily-bolstered heated front row seats with power operation on the driver’s side. The driver will also enjoy a red made-over instrument cluster and flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters. It is worth noting that the SR Turbo is available in bright red leather interior for only $295.

Engine Power

The SR Turbo has a four-cylinder 1.6-litre turbo GDI engine used in Veloster Turbo. It produces 150kW of power at 6000rpm, and up to 265Nm of torque. The figures go up to 38kW and 73Nm on the two-litre Elantra. The engine scores a big single-scroll turbocharger, large intercooler, and a new electronic turbo wastegate. The six-speed manual transmission comes standard, while the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox will cost you an additional $2300. The dual-clutch version has a drive select switch with three modes that will sharpen the gear shifts and throttle response, and firm up the steering experience when you switch to Sports mode.

Driving Experience

Hyundai calls this model a “high water mark” because of its chassis and handling dynamics. Its local team has put a tremendous amount of effort on the details. The car is firm when being driven around town, thanks to the taller sidewalls of the wheels. The new independent rear end will give you a sense of connection to the road.

The larger front brake rotors remain impressive, with the ability to handle more speed in and out of the bends. The modest power output, meanwhile, is adequate enough to keep the car hustling. Overall, the SR Turbo is a balanced package that comes with superb handling dynamics, decent steering, better brakes, and a smooth driveline.

Fuel Economy

The manual transmission version of the SR Turbo runs at 7.7 litres per 100 kilometres. The dual-clutch version, meanwhile, will give you 7.2 litres. When you do a high-rev testing in the dual-clutch version, you will see 9.7 litres per 100km at 220km.

Maintenance and Warranty

Hyundai covers the SR Turbo with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty. There are service intervals that you need to take note: 12 months or 10,000kms capped at $259 during the first three visits, and the fourth is at $299 before the fifth service at $399. These service maintenance visits will cost you a total of $1475 in a span of five services or five years, whichever comes first. Moreover, the car maker offers roadside assist packages whenever the vehicle is serviced at any Hyundai dealer.

Verdict

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra SR Turbo features dynamic abilities and modest outputs that will surely surpass your expectations. The car maker has been placing its efforts on localising its models to fit the Australian market. You can drive the SR Turbo without worrying about safety and comfort, even for the passengers on the rear seats. It is packed with features that you can set, according to your preferred driving experience. All of these are included in its reasonable price tag.

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